Have you ever looked up and wondered what's going on high up in the skies above your eyes? Take a journey up into the air, through the atmosphere, way out into space, and back down to Earth in this richly illustrated concertina book. Zoom past the technology that fills our skies, from helicopters, fighter jets, weather balloons, to satellites, hang-gliders, and hot-air balloons. Discover the insects and animals that whizz through the skies, explore the layers of the atmosphere, and travel through the solar system and out to the galaxies far beyond. The follow up to The Street Beneath My Feet, which dug down to the center of the Earth, this expansive concertina book opens out to an impressive length of over 8 feet, perfect for inquisitive young minds. Begin your journey from the sidewalk of a busy city. Look up beyond the traffic lights, utility wires, and skyscrapers. Unfold the connected pages to reveal the incredible man-made sights that you would see 12 miles above (a weather balloon), 30 miles above (a rocket blasting a capsule into space), 62 miles above (a space plane and satellites), 250 miles above (the International Space Station), 235,000 miles above (the Moon), and through our Solar System. Turn to the top of the other side to make your way beyond the Solar System to the hundreds of billions of galaxies filled with stars and planets we haven't discovered yet. Then start your journey back down through the amazing natural wonders you would see 6,200 miles above (a comet), 55 miles above (meteoroids burning up as they enter Earth's atmosphere), 7 miles above (a cumulonimbus cloud bringing thunder and lightning), 1 mile above (migrating storks), and down through the mountains, past trees, bats, and butterflies to finally reach the ground again—this time in a grassy clearing of a forest, where you can imagine yourself lying on your back wondering at the thought of the whole universe above your head. From jet trails to comets' tails, enjoy amazing sights as you journey through the skies.
About the Author
Charlotte Guillain lives in Oxfordshire, UK. She writes fiction and non-fiction for children, including the picture book Spaghetti with the Yeti, which was shortlisted for Oscar’s First Book Prize 2014 and has featured in CBeebies Bedtime Stories. The Street Beneath My Feet, Charlotte’s first title for words & pictures, was shortlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2018 and named an ALSC Notable Children’s Book 2018 in the All Ages category, as well as being selected by the Guardian as one of 15 ‘modern classics’.
Yuval Zommer graduated from the Royal College of Art with an M.A. in illustration and pursued a successful career in advertising before returning to his true love of children's literature. Following the release of his debut picture book, The Big Blue Thing On The Hill, Yuval hasn't looked back. The Street Beneath My Feet, Yuval's first title for words & pictures, in collaboration with author Charlotte Guillain, was shortlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2018 and named an ALSC Notable Children’s Book 2018 in the All Ages category, as well as being selected by the Guardian as one of 15 ‘modern classics’. Yuval and Charlotte’s follow-up title, The Skies Above My Eyes, continues with the innovative concertina format of their first book, this time looking up at the sky and universe above us. He lives and works in London, UK.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A truly beautifully concertina book for children, illustrating what they see when they look up, starting at street level, through the skies, the atmosphere, the solar system, the galaxies, then back down to Earth viewing comets, meteoroids, clouds filled with lightning, past mountains, flying creatures, and into a peaceful forest. A glorious ride! 5 of 5 Stars for imagination, stunning artwork, and info-rich text. Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the ARC. Opinions are mine. Pub Date 28 Aug 2018. #TheSkiesAboveMyEyes #NetGalley
An adventure ascending high and higher into the atmosphere With attractive illustrations we take a trip through the heights and back, Charlotte Gullan invites us to observe and learn everything we can see if we look up our heads, buildings and beyond. Ascending higher and higher along the Troposphera and beyond towards Stratosphera, we note that due to the use of technology we can find human activity. Also very high in the sky there is also the presence of amazing species of migratory birds and insects and can learn about the kinds of clouds we found. But the adventure does not end there, because humanity is capable of traveling in space rockets beyond 62 miles above Earth where space begins. Here we find the satellites and the amazing International Space Station where cosmonauts live for months. And since we're here, Charlotte teaches us some facts about the Moon, the planets of the solar system, stars and comets. My sincere appreciation to the Publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to review the book
"The Skies Above My Eyes" brings children's imagination to the next level. By drawing our eyes up, the illustrations bring readers "to see" the world beyond what we human eyes perceive. Layer by layer, from street signs to the top of skyscrapers, from airplanes to rockets, readers travel from earth to space then gradually back to the land. The entire concept of the book is carefully planned; it definitely helps young children to build a concrete understanding of depth from our spherical earth to the space beyond. This little book covers an array of topics- space science, some earth science, few animals habitats/migrations and enough interesting tidbits of random knowledge. This is a fun book packed with quality materials. Parents and educators should check this awesome book out for their youngsters.